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You finished your stencil only to find out it smeared!

Oh no... what a mess! I'm so glad I sealed it with Hard Coat first!

Oh no… what a mess!

Yes I have trouble getting my stencils on perfect all the time. Most often it is when the brush is too wet and it bleeds under the stencil. When I remove my stencil, it is smeared. I have a great Stencil Tip to share with you to make the fix easy when using water based chalk paints.

Antique Desk

Early this spring, I started this desk project.  I mixed a custom color for a grey with a hint of brown… I thin there is a name for this, but it escapes my head right now.  I found this stencil at A.C. More and knew it was perfect for my desk.

Custom Mix Paint

I used American Paint Companies Furniture Prep to clean of the dust and grim.  I then mixed up a custom mix of  American Paint Companies, Sackcloth and Espresso in one of these food storage dishes that I picked up at the resteraunt supply store.

I love these food containers with double compartments for painting. One holds water, the other paint! The lid keeps the paint fresh for the next time too!

They are perfect for painting, I add water to the small compartment and paint in the large one. It is convenient to dip the brush in water and then in paint. I always use a little water with my “All Natural Chalk  Clay Paints”.  The lids keep my paint from drying out and ready for the next time.

All painted and ready for details.

Stencil Tip

With the second coat of paint on the desk, I am almost ready to put my stencil on… but first my stencil life saver…
I sealed the top with a coat of American Paint Co.’s Hard Coat… yep that’s it. Before you apply your stencil, seal you paint with a coat of brush on sealer such as Hard Coat, Top Coat, DIY’s Liquid Patina or your choice of a poly.

Super Stencil Tip Here!!

After the sealer drys, then go ahead and apply your stencil.

Oh no... what a mess! I'm so glad I sealed it with Hard Coat first!

Oh no… what a mess! I’m so glad I sealed it with Hard Coat first!

When you have an oops, it is easy to wipe it of and start over when you use this stencil tip!

A little water and light hand easily removes the smudged paint!

A little water and light hand easily removes the smudged paint!

Let it dry good before going back and re-applying the stencil.
Check back later this week for “The Rest of the Story”

Happy Painting,

kathy